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Bearing Distributors Reviews

Updated April 15, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bearing Distributors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, relaxed work environment, great people. BDI is a large company with a small company feel. Good place to work.

    Cons

    The only things I don't really care for is how the 401k is matched, and the company cars are kept for a crazy amount of time. I would much prefer a car allowance or mileage pay over keeping an old car forever.


  2. "Great Company To Work For"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They let you sell, and not worry too much about all the process garbage that takes away a sellers time

    Cons

    Problems just like any other company. Communication, etc

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Inside Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bearing Distributors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Training on product knowledge, company knowledge both individual and in groups from vendors, online self paced is great. Benefits are awesome! Vacation and sick leave is great.

    Cons

    No vision benefit plan


  4. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Allowed to work at own pace, simple business model.

    Cons

    Communication could be a little better with new employees

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and allowing employees to make decisions


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Desperately in Need of Professional Management at Headquarters!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Management in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Project Management in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bearing Distributors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable wages, flexible work options, great people, friendly culture, CEO is available, caring and treats his people as assets. Very straight forward business model. Promotes and develops people from within.

    Cons

    Lack of organization, process and governance; chaotic decision making process; excessive nepotism which allows personal conflicts to be highly visible and frequently affects results. Longer term employees are very change resistant and tend to dismiss newer people's ideas as inferior or uninformed. High reliance on tribal knowledge and managing by relationships rather than qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Length of someone's tenure does not equal ability, qualification or knowledge. Listen to fresh thinking and new team members as closely as the old timers. You are being held back by leaders who are limited by what they have done for decades and can't see anything else.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Unstable from the top down"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bearing Distributors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They paid for everything when you would travel for business. Other than that there is nothing good about working here.

    Cons

    Was lied to about average commission earnings that was almost $8000 a year short of estimates, had 5 different direct supervisors in 6 months. Saw financial statements and the branch I worked for was budgeted at -$140k loss every year. No support, training, or accountability. Not enough work for staffing levels. Spent more time playing on my phone than doing actual work.

    No 401k match either. They use a profit sharing method that may or may not be good depending on how the branch does.

    Advice to Management

    When someone is new and their boss quits 3 weeks in you should make sure they don't feel lost. Be transparent to your employees because I bet most would chose to not work for you if they knew what was really happening.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Do not mess up, no forgiveness or reinforcement training."

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Hammond, IN
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Hammond, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Always knew what hours to work

    Cons

    Would know about a rblem after the fact, constant complaining to me.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be more accountability with the corporate headquarters

  8. Helpful (3)

    "My career at BDI began in 1988 and continues to this day. Excellent company to work for with outstanding leadership."

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bearing Distributors full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Business culture is to offer ample opportunities for advancement to all employees through constantly evolving training program. Very pleasant work environment with fair wage compensation. BDI has always been and continues to be a company that cultivates dedicated and loyal employees.

    Cons

    Offering flex hours and a "work from home" option to employees would be helpful in attracting new talent. BDI can sometimes be a bit slow and "reactive" rather than PRO active in keeping on top of current business trends thus limiting its employees ability to improve customer service levels.

    Advice to Management

    Consider setting (higher) standards for wage compensation commensurate with performance and position. Set up a "mentoring" program within the training process so as to utilize veteran employee's knowledge and experience in educating new hires. Our greatest resource is our history and is often overlooked as such.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lovely"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bearing Distributors full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment and the company is very large and successful.

    Cons

    There was a huge downsizing of the company and I was a victim to it. Nice company but it is very easy to lose your job if you don't have seniority.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Corrupt company!"

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    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in La Crosse, WI
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in La Crosse, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bearing Distributors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, nice location, clean work, easy sales

    Cons

    Very ignorant people, not fun to get along with, stuffy environment, upper management is very much under qualified to make decisions. Some branches are operated by immature people who should not be in their position. Uneducated boring people that are not interested in employee thoughts even if they are best for business. Think about it, they sell bearings, how exciting can that be???

    Advice to Management

    Management is not qualified to operate some branch locations.... Perhaps they should drug test some of them....ugh...you will be surprised of some results. The owner is a hippy from Ohio who does not even drug test anyone in the company, ever. Even if you drive one of their vehicles. He is an old man that is on his way out.


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